The copier and the originator - a conversation with Ana Teles and Andrew Bick

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The copier and the originator - a conversation with Ana Teles and Andrew Bick

  • Tue 25 Jun 2024
  • 7:00PM

In conjunction with our summer exhibition Making Expansive​ join us for a special artist talk with Ana Teles and Andrew Bick, moderated by curator Catherine Li.

The artists will discuss their joint work included in the exhibition. Their collaboration began with Teles's proposal to copy Bick's work, to which he agreed. The artists will share their motivations, experiences of the copying process, and the mutual benefits and impacts on their artistic practices. This conversation will explore themes of authorship, replication, authenticity, originality, and collaboration, as well as the more awkward aspects of co-creation as a contemporary trend.


Andrew Bick was born 1963 in Coleford, Gloucestershire UK. He is Professor of Contemporary Art and Reinterpretation at University of Gloucestershire and works between there and his studio in London, curating and writing as well as making art. His work is represented in public and private collections worldwide, notably Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, The British Museum, Yale Center for British Art, GoMA Glasgow, Goldman Sachs, Roche Art Collection, Sainsbury Centre, Stalke Collection, Pizzuti Collection and UBS. Recent solo exhibitions have been at Galerie von Bartha, Basel and Hales Gallery, London and his monograph with Museum Has Konstruktiv was published by Hate Cantz in December 2020. In December 2021 Bick's essay Construction's Other, was published by Sainsbury Centre for the exhibition cataloque Rhythm & Geometry. Bick is currently working on a long-term research project on the work of Anthony Hill, Jeffrey Steele and Gillian Wise.

Ana Teles received her PhD from University of the Arts London (2023) and her Master of Arts in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts (2013). Her practice research investigates the process of copying the work of other artists, in collaboration with them, to understand how the participation of the maker of the original work can contribute to making of the copy, not just with respect to the aesthetic qualities of the painting but also its ontological qualities, that is, its standing and reception within the art world. For her PhD, Teles selected four artists as her subjects to copy - Andrew Bick, Frank Bowling, and two female artists who rejected her proposal - all of whom have varied painting and drawing backgrounds and are at different stages in their careers, bringing contextual elements surrounding identity, gender, and artistic standing into play.


The exhibition Making Expansive invites artists based in Austria and the UK to explore how today’s art making becomes an expanding process through repetition, remaking, rematerialisation, and recycling.

This event is an opportunity to see the exhibition outside our regular opening hours.

The exhibition will be on view until Friday 19 July 19 July 2024. Find out more HERE


Austrian Cultural Forum London
28 Rutland Gate
London SW7 1PQ